San Francisco hotels are asking the city for millions of dollars to compensate them for damages suffered while housing the homeless under a city government program launched during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the scheme, known as “Shelter-in-Place” (SIP), hotels have been used to move homeless people off the streets for fear of spreading the coronavirus in tent cities. Ironically, as COVID became better understood, officials began advising against cleaning up homeless encampments because the virus spread less easily outdoors. However, the practice of housing the homeless in hotels has been embraced by Democratic state and local government officials, albeit costly, as a temporary way to tackle a homelessness crisis. current shelter.
Now, with tourism resuming, hotels in San Francisco, which have been taken over by the SIP program, are asking the city to compensate them for the damage caused by some temporary homeless residents.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday:
The Union Square hotel’s cleanup bill was high — $5.6 million to repair damage from smoke, broken light fixtures, mold, and other issues.
As city supervisors plan to shell out millions to settle the dispute over damages at one of San Francisco’s hotel homeless shelters, taxpayers could be forced to pay millions more for resolve similar claims from other hotels that have participated in the program.
It’s still unclear how many claims the city could face, but with more than two dozen hotels participating in the program at its peak, city officials could soon face more — especially as some hotels SIP have only recently begun to shut down.
The city considers the program a success, even if it ends and homelessness persists, because it says it has slowed the spread of COVID-19 and allowed homeless residents to self-quarantine in hotel rooms rather than in local hospitals, where they could have affected public health. .
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